The Newsletter of the Killymoon Golf Club


Hope everyone is enjoying the fine weather this week and glad to see the back of the recent cold spell. Team matches are in full swing and despite fine efforts, Marty Whittle’s Jimmy Bruen team and Trevor Bownes Pierce Purcell both narrowly failed to qualify to the knockout stages.

Niall Johnston’s Ulster Cup Team lost out to Moyola GC so nearly overturning the tie with a fine comeback and Ernie Smyth’s Junior Cowdy team lost to Ardglass after a tough battle. Many thanks to all involved.

Again, this is a busy week for our teams with Cyril Rafferty‘s team taking a 4-1 lead to Shandon Park in the Fred Perry Trophy on Saturday afternoon. Ronan Fowley takes his Senior Cowdy to Rockmount GC on Friday evening, Hugh and Kate O’Neill takes their Irish Mixed Foursomes teams to Portadown on Sunday morning, Phelim Mulgrew’s Sam Rutherford team host Downpatrick at Killymoon on Sunday and Oisin Monaghan’s All Ireland four ball team take a good lead to the return match at Fintona GC. I wish all Captains and Players the best of luck this week and it would be great to see club members lending their support at home matches.

I am running a Charity Fundraising Golf Day at Killymoon 14th June 2019 with the prize giving, raffle and Entertainment in the Clubhouse that evening to be provided by Hype.

All proceeds from this event going to Cancer Focus and ‘The Hub’ Cookstown, I am sure you would all agree two very worthwhile charities that need as much support as we can give.


Cancer Focus

Cancer Focus is a local charity carrying out essential work in the prevention, research and treatment of cancer, a disease which unfortunately has touched too many of our families, friends & Club members. Cancer focus support local people affected by cancer, they work with decision makers in order to develop legislation to give us improved treatments & outcomes. In this their 50th year anniversary they are funding pioneering research at Queens University Belfast into the mutant gene which causes breast cancer, and their vision” is to see a day when cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease”.

The Hub BT80

The Hub’s mission is to positively impact the physical and mental health of the Cookstown community and beyond.  This encourages better community relationships starting with 'the person'.  The Hub BT80 is an innovative, volunteer led charity, established 6 years ago when Carol Doey recognised the need in our community for a neutral, welcoming and all-inclusive space.  By working with the community, The Hub design and implement a range of initiatives promoting mental health and well-being.

It is my aim through the Charity Fundraising Golf Day at Killymoon 14th June 2019 to raise as much money as possible so that both these charities can continue their brilliant work in helping us all.  Any support would be greatly appreciated. For more information or to book teams contact Nicole or myself on 02886766995

In conjunction with this fundraiser I have organised a Cancer Focus Keeping Well Van to attend Killymoon Golf Club on Saturday 1st June 2019 from 10.30am -3pm to provide our members with a free health check. The health checks available on board include blood pressure, pulse, blood sugar, carbon monoxide monitoring for smokers and body composition analysis. The health awareness sessions are delivered on a one-to-one basis and offer advice on healthier lifestyle choices and information on the early signs and symptoms of various cancers. I would strongly encourage both men and lady members to avail of this free service. Appointments are limited and will need booked in advance by contacting Finola in the office 02886763762 Option 1

Finally, I would like to remind members of the Dress Code required for Prize Presentation Evenings.


Pictured at the launch of the Charity Day on 14 June are Club Captain Hugh Doyle with representatives from main sponsors Steelweld Fabrications and the two nominated charities Cancer Focus and the Hub.


Hugh Doyle


The bane of every golfer’s life – slow play – has reared its ugly head at Killymoon GC again. Council has, in the past three weeks, received several complaints about slow play and a lack of etiquette on the course. Where has etiquette gone in Killymoon Golf Club? It would appear that no one calls anyone through any longer. Members are reminded that their position on the course is BEHIND THE GROUP IN FRONT and NOT IN FRONT OF THE GROUP BEHIND.


Killymoon Golf Club has adopted “Ready Golf” for all golf except official match-play competitions.

What is “READY GOLF?”

Ready Golf is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf.

If you are ready to hit your shot, and it is safe to do so, then play!

  • Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait
  • Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play
  • Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball
  • Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess the options
  • Hitting a shot if a person has played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker
  • When a player’s ball has gone over the back of the green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess the shot
  • Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line
  • Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off.

Killymoon Golf Club has adopted this policy with a view to speeding up play.




As the growing Season kicks in I want to keep you all apprised of what is happening on the Course.  You will be aware that we have sanded and over seeded our greens.  The fine lines and sand should disappear soon and hopefully we will have the fantastic greens we had last year. We must leave the grass and a little long now until the sand beds in to avoid damage to the cutting blades on the mower.

The Course Committee met recently and carried out a hole by hole assessment of the course and some minor tweaks were identified for rectification.  As you are aware, we have a Course Architect working for us in conjunction with the ‘possible’ new road coming through and this obviously impacts what we are doing on various the parts of the Course which would be affected. I cannot comment any more on that as it is an unknown quantity at the moment

The major plans we discussed involve some work at the pond on 11 and around the tee box on 18.  The work is currently in the planning pipeline for approval through Council. We also hope to insert new drains on the first and tenth holes at some stage subject to finance.

We shall also be carrying out some groundwork at the 11th pond to make the area more aesthetically pleasing.

I intend to restart the Hole management Scheme which was very successful last year.  The list of members for each hole will carry on from last year and is currently in the pro shop should you wish to refresh which hole you are allotted. If you wish to be included, please give you name to The DoG Gary or his assistant David and we will add you into the system.   I have asked Raymond and his staff to leave ‘Demesne’ divot bags at each tee box on Saturdays for use on the course.  Please use them… Your other hole responsibilities should include lifting broken tees at the tee box, divot filling repairing pitch marks and really anything else you see which should be fixed, use your initiative!!  Please feel free to contact me about any issues you believe should be addressed on the course and I will do my utmost to sort it.

I hope to run a Course Volunteer evening on Thursday 20th June so your assistance would be very much appreciated.  It is a bit a craic with a worthwhile result at the end plus a free pint... I will send a reminder email nearer the date...

Thanks for your continued cooperation in keeping our course in pristine condition

Keep it down the middle

Niall Johnston




Sponsored by Ms Kathleen Garvin and Cookstown Credit Union


The Garvin Trophy was the Saturday event at Killymoon and what a close fought competition it proved with a better second nine required to separate the top two and even then only a shot was the difference as Sean O’Neill pipped Matthew Kempton with a closing 32 as both recorded 67’s.

A 73 secured Martin Monaghan another gross prize but again he required a better second nine of 34 to take the honours and Patsy Ryan was best senior with a 70.

In the various categories the winners were:-

Division 1:           David Atkinson                      68

Division 2:           Paddy Dargan                        70 (BSN 35)

Division 3:           Raymond Forbes                   71

Division 4:           Harry Steele                           67 (39)


Sponsored by Cookstown Credit Union


The ever popular Traders’ Cup was Sundays featured event and once again there was quite a logjam at the top of the leader board for the eight places that qualify for the match-play stage of the competition to be held later in the summer. In the end Peter Jackson took top spot with an exceptional 65 followed by a trio of 66’s from John Mulligan, Mark O’Neill and Donal Casey.

In fifth was Andrew Elliot and then came three 69’s to complete the match play line up. The full list of qualifiers reads:-

  1. Peter Jackson                                            65
  2. John Mulligan                                           66 (L2H 7)
  3. Mark O’Neill                                              66 (L3H 10)
  4. Donal Casey                                              66 (11)
  5. Andrew Elliott                                           67
  6. Rory McMullan                                         69 (L6H 23)
  7. John Monaghan                                        69 (L2H 8)
  8. James Donaghy                                         69 (9)

The draw for the match-play stages has been posted on the notice-board.


Competitions continue this coming week-end with first leg of the Tyrone Cup at Killymoon, supported by LCC and played under medal conditions of play. The Teachers’ Trophy (Medal), supported by LCC Ltd, fills the diary for Sunday 19 May. The Tuesday Open Medal Series continues every Tuesday with the Senior Open Stableford Series continuing every Wednesday.  Saturday 25 May brings the Aaron Devlin Memorial (Stableford) supported by Pizzarack and the Council Plate (Medal) again sponsored by Pizzarack will be played on Sunday 26 May. The Captain’s Friday Evening 9 Holes Sweeps continue every Friday evening from 5pm.


A further five members have qualified for the season finale Champion of Champions 2019 kindly sponsored by Caulfield Insurance.  James Burke, Kieran Rogers, SP Coyle. Gerald Thornton and Sean O’Neill will all take their places in the 36 holes finale after victories in competition over the past three week-ends.


The latest winners of the Category Prize for Senior Golfers in Saturday competitions are Joe O’Kane (PGA Captain’s Cup), Paddy Dargan (The Alexander Cup) and Patsy Ryan (The Garvin Trophy). All three members qualify for the Senior Champion of Champions to be played over 18 holes on Sunday 22 September.


On Wednesday the latest in the series of Senior Open events saw a large entry enjoy the fine weather and some fine scoring arose from the older hands with a 42 point tally from Stephen Mulholland enough to take top spot with Robert McMenemy second with 40 points and a closing 21 point haul over the closing stretch from Denis Magee saw him collect third prize with 37 points.

The next Gents’ Senior Open in the series will be played on Wednesday 22 May and Online Booking is now available.


The mid week competitions continue apace at Killymoon with the Tuesday Open medal event now into its third week and the latest winner was John Monaghan with a nett 64 seeing him ease to a three shot victory with JD McLaughlin taking second with a 67 holding off third place Gerry Mallon by virtue of a better second nine. The gross prize went to Barry Quinn who shot a level par 70.


How time flies, fourth issue of Forward, into our 9th competition … and less than 4 weeks to Lady Captains Day – get your cards in ladies!!

It was very hard luck for the Mary McKenna team captained by Anne MacMahon and Siobhan Rooney.  It went down to the wire in the end when the pairing of Siobhan Rooney and Josie Donnelly had to go down the first again and were unfortunately beaten at the 21st hole by Balmoral.  A very close match ladies and well done to you all for playing so well.

The Challenge Cup captained by Sandra Lamont, travelled to Ardglass on Friday 3rd May to play 2nd leg and they had a great win taking them through to the second round.

Intermediate Cup captained by Catherine Irwin IS also through to the second round having beaten Allen Park, Antrim.

Junior Cup played on Sunday at home against County Armagh and won four matches out of a possible five.  A great result for Carmel and team. 

 Minor Team, captained by Kate Lennon were defeated by Fintona away on Sunday, very unfortunate ladies.

Senior Tyrone & Fermanagh Team was second in the last round and takes them up to fourth place – good result ladies!

Congratulations to Oonagh McCoy in winning the Peggy Nelson Qualifier on Thursday 25th April.  Oonagh had 34 points and runner up was Sandra Lamont on better second nine from Evadne Steele also with 34 points.  The Peggy Nelson will be played at Dunmurry on 15th July and the qualifiers are Tracy Moore (Section A), Oonagh McCoy (Section B) and Sandra Lamont (Section C).

On Thursday 2nd May the Centenary Trophy (Mary Peters Trust Qualifier) was won by Carmel Hagan with a superb score of 38 points.  Anne Neeson was runner up with 34 points.  Rachel Stewart had the only two at 16th.

Australian Spoons played on Thursday 9th May was won by Anne McCrea and Dianna McLean with 37 points. Kate O’Neill and Grainne McBride won best gross with 19 points.


Finally, the Dobbin Cup Open Day sponsored by McAleer & Rushe was played on Thursday 16th May with a very pleasing entry. Colleen Conway posted 36 points to win the prestigious event and is pictured above with Lady Captain Avril and Mary Laverty from the sponsors McAleer and Rushe

Avril Marshall



The Ladies’ Branch Competitions continue next Thursday 23 May when the ladies will play in the O’Connor Shield Medal sponsored by PGA Professional Gary Chambers.  Thursday 30 May brings the Bell Cup Medal sponsored by Arlene Wilson CFC Interiors.





Serving your needs since July 1995, I am delighted to be a sponsor of Killymoon Golf Club and to be associated with a Golf Club of such long and illustrious history.

I stock most major brands including, Footjoy, Calvin Klein, Pro-Quip, Taylormade, Ping, Cobra, H2NO, Callaway and Skechers to name a few.

David and I are on hand to help you where we can, whether it is concerning club situations regarding rules, tee bookings, competition entry or perhaps you would like to book a lesson or require some club repairs, either way we are here to help wherever we can.

Click and Collect

Remember, if I don’t have what you want in-store then check out ‘Foremost Golf’ at and you can have your goods delivered direct to me for collection.

David and I would like to wish all our members the very best in the golfing year ahead.


PGA Professional Gary Chambers is pleased to sponsor the O’Connor Shield on Thursday 23 May.


The Friday Evening Quiz Series concluded on Friday 10 May with eight teams participating. The winners again were The Wombles, pictured below with Past President Hugh O’Neill. The series in total raised £2300.00 for the Air Ambulance NI and Briege Mulholland from the Air Ambulance NI was in attendance to accept the cheque.



Tony McCann was the latest winner of the Lucky Letters Jackpot of £2200.00 on Sunday 12 May. Tony matched the winning letters online of AJMC to scoop the jackpot. The next Lucky Letters draw will take place in the Members’ Bar at 6.30pm on this coming Sunday evening 19 May when the jackpot will be £500.00.

Tickets are on sale at the Bar and Online.


Killymoon members can still avail of an “online” facility for the purchase of tickets in the “Lucky Letters” Lottery. Log into and follow the link for Lucky Letters: Play Online. The cut-off point for online purchases is 4.30pm each Sunday and tickets purchased after that time will be entered into the following week’s draw.


A lady newcomer to golf was having a lesson on the first tee with the Club Professional and asked the Professional:

“What do I do now?”

The Professional replied: “Well, see that flag on the green, you have to hit your ball as close to it as you can”.

The lady let fly with a mighty swipe, the ball went flying and came to rest 3 inches from the hole.

“What do I do now?” asked the lady.

The Professional answered: “You hit it into the hole”.

The lady screamed: “Why didn’t you tell me that in the first place?”


The next issue of “FORWARD” will be available on the web on Wednesday 29 May. We value your opinions and ideas and any member wishing to “Have Your Say” should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Monday 27 May.

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